GW Men's Water Polo Drops Two Tight Contests in Claremont

Ridvan Pehlivan scored seven goals in two games on Friday.


Oct. 3, 2014

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The George Washington men's water polo team dropped a pair of tight contests to tough competition on the first day of the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer.

GW (6-8) jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the first game of the day, including two goals in a row by senior Ridvan Pehlivan in the first 2:35 of action. CMS tallied back-to-back goals in a 32-second span to slice the Colonials' lead in half, but junior Bogdan Petkovic scored at the buzzer to give GW a 5-2 advantage after one.

The Stags, however, rattled off three straight goals to start the second period, tying the game at 5-5 midway through the period. The Colonials briefly regained the lead on Petkovic's second goal of the game, but CMS responded with two more, taking its first lead of the game with 56 seconds left, and held a 7-6 lead at halftime.

CMS outscored GW, 3-1, in the third to go up 10-7 and scored the first goal of the fourth to take a four-goal advantage before Pehlivan and junior Jonah Dowd tallied two in a row to pull GW within two, 11-9, with 1:41 left. The Stags then scored the final goal of the game with 13 seconds to go for the 12-9 win.

Pehlivan led the Colonials with four goals in the game, and junior goalkeeper Connor Dillon made seven saves.

In the second goal of the game, played at Pomona-Pitzer's Haldeman Pool, GW and 16th-ranked Whittier traded goals for much of the first half. The Poets led, 3-2, after the first quarter, but freshman Pierce Deamer tied the score with the first goal of the second quarter. Whittier, however, regained its lead just over a minute later and never relinquished it, taking a 7-5 advantage into the break.

The Poets then scored four of the first five goals of the third quarter to open a game-high five-goal lead, 11-6, before the Colonials rallied with the final two goals of the period to pull within three. After Whittier scored the first goal of the fourth, GW rattled off two more to make it 12-10, but was not able to complete the comeback.

Pehlivan and Petkovic each notched hat tricks to pace the Colonials, and Petkovic added four steals and two field blocks. Dillon stopped eight shots in the first half and sophomore Sander Profaci recorded five saves in the second.

"We went toe-to-toe with them right from the get-go," said Head Coach Scott Reed. "This was definitely the most complete game we've played this week."

The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they face Caltech at 2:20 p.m. ET and Occidental at 6:20 p.m. ET on the final day of the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament.

CMS 12, GW 9
GW - 5-1-1-2--9
CMS - 2-5-3-2--12

GW Goals: Pehlivan 4, Petkovic 2, Dowd 1, Williams 1, Deamer 1
GW Saves: Dillon 7

#16 Whittier 12, GW 10
GW - 2-3-3-2--10
WC - 3-4-4-1--12

GW Goals: Pehlivan 3, Petkovic 3, Dowd 2, Deamer 1, Mojica 1
GW Saves: Dillon 8 (16:00) Profaci 8 (16:00)



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